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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (11 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849541078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849541077
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Juan Pujol García was born in Barcelona in 1912. He died in Caracas in 1988. Nigel West is the pen name of Rupert Allason, a military historian and author specialising in intelligence and security issues.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Gardener on 27 Oct. 2011
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Operation Garbo: The Personal Story of the Most Successful Spy of World War II

This book gripped me from start to finish - I just could not put it down. It was very informative and it was also amazing that what was happening to this person was in fact actual life and not pure fictional adventures. How this man could create a network of spies is truely brilliant, the detail is fantastic. To be decorated by both sides is truly astounding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pedro on 21 April 2012
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A superb book telling the full story of the spy who worked his magic for the British for almost all of WW2 and at the same time convinced the Germans that he was actually working for them. He succeeded in his work so well that not only did the British awarded him a medal but so did the Germans! An amazing story, especially so, I imagine, if you are a German.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pepper Shaker on 17 Feb. 2013
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I have read many biographies/ autobiographies on WW2 espionage which is an area that really interests me and had I been born many decades earlier, I would have loved to haved played a part in.

I felt that whilst this book was good on detail and the inclusion of the actual communications betwen Juan Garcia and his contacts at the Abwehr, I found the chapters written by Nigel to be quite dry - it reminded me of studying for History A level and no book has done that for me in he last 25 years.

By comparison, the chapters written by Jaun are really colourfull and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his person account.
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I suppose narrative v reality all depends on your expectations of a book on espionage and counter espionage.
Just what are you to believe? This is down to the author to convince you.
This is all handled pretty well in this volume but you start off questioning various issues eg the wartime links with Spain/Portugal seem far-fetched to our 21st century minds, though the reader needs a firm grasp of this link for the rest of the book to hold water.
Then the manner in which the Abwehr fell hook line and sinker for our mutual hero only really becomes clear when you read some of their closing correspondence which is quite touching - can this be the same nation that sent millions to their deaths in the gas chambers?
But all in all an absorbing read.
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This book made me laugh out loud. What a fantastic story and you can see why Graham Greene borrowed the idea for our man in Havana which also made me laugh out loud but this is the true story.
Truth is stranger than fiction - Venezuelan students in Aberdeen in the 1940's. I remember Aberdeen in the 1980s and you were more likely to see someone in full highland dress in Union Street than a foreign student.
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By ok on 2 April 2014
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I remember reading of Garbo some years ago and often thought when I have time I will read more, well now I have and I am glad I did.
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By NJ on 27 Feb. 2014
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Probably one of the most well known of the WWII spies. This man had an extraordinary life and played a dangerous game being awarded the highest decoration from the Nazis and Great Britain for his work.
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By HSJ Johnston on 1 Dec. 2013
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A very interesting and worthwhile read about a very brave man who only wanted to see justice done and was willing to put his life on the line to do so.
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